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Body discovered during Louth search for 'Disappeared' man

Remains found after sixteen-month-long search for missing man Gerard Evans.

File photo dated 09/11/09 of members of the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims Remains searching for the body of Gerard Evans at Carrickrobin in County Louth.
File photo dated 09/11/09 of members of the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims Remains searching for the body of Gerard Evans at Carrickrobin in County Louth.
Image: Julien Behal/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A BODY HAS BEEN DISCOVERED during the search for one of the ‘Disappeared’ in Co Louth.

The Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains says it has located human remains after a 16-month search for Gerard Evans, 24, the PA reports.

Evans was last seen hitchhiking from Castleblaney, Co Monaghan, in May 1979.

The ‘Disappeared

The Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains campaigns for the recovery of the bodies of people who disappeared during the Troubles and are suspected to have been the victims of paramilitary violence.

The organisation recently said the search for Evans at the site in Carrickrobin, Co Louth, was being called off before announcing today that remains had been found.

In September, remains discovered in a search at Colgagh, Co Monaghan, in July were identified as one of the ‘Disappeared’, Charlie Armstrong. Armstrong, 57, went missing on his way to mass in south Armagh in 1981.

Nine people, including Evans, remain on the Commission’s list of 16 missing persons.

In 1999, the IRA admitting covertly burying nine of the people on the Commission’s list.

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